Often, old homeopathic friends ask me why I am now studying with Farokh Master. They know that I have studied extensively and taught the Sensation Method for almost 10 years. In this article, I will attempt to answer this question.
In 2008, I moved to India, and in 2010 opened my free clinic in the Tibetan refugee colony of Bir. I moved here, in large part, so that I could challenge myself homeopathically. I knew that I would encounter many diseases and illnesses that I would never see in the west, and that my workload would increase substantially. I did not know, at the time, how I would cope with the new situation, but only that I needed to make this type of move.
As a sensation method practitioner, I knew hand gestures, classifications of animals and plants, as well as all the mineral remediesʼ position and meaning in the periodic table. I knew very well how to take a case in the sensation method, and mostly how to tell the difference between sensation and delusion. Having studied intensively with Rajan Sankaran, Jayesh Shaw, the Joshis, and others, I felt very confident mentoring others in their case taking process, and in their remedy selections. I had personally supervised over 75 students in the subtleties of sensation method case taking.
Suddenly, in one long day, all this work no longer mattered. The first day my clinic was opened, I saw eight new cases. Working In rural India, I was presented with much serious pathology, with only about 20 minutes to find each remedy. This is indeed what I had asked for, but I was very ill equipped to handle the demands. Faced with three different languages, different cultures, and simple hardworking patients who were reluctant to tell me anything, I knew I needed to change my practice and change immediately.
On that first day, I opened my repertory and my pathology books. I was embarrassed to find out how much I had forgotten or never knew in the first place. 3,000 cases and three years later I have not stopped studying and repertorizing each and every case.
I study with Farokh Master now because I consider him the best homeopath alive when it comes to understanding physical pathology and managing cases of difficult pathologies. His personal experience of the Materia Medica is derived from many years of using remedies, and is not a regurgitation of others work. Working tirelessly from dawn until night, 7 days a week, his entire life, has been dedicated to his patients and to homeopathy. This vast experience gives him a special place in the world of modern homeopathic teachers. His words speak the truth and his actions back them up. Dr. Master gets results in a large majority of his cases. He does this simply and elegantly, mostly with the same 65 remedies.
Since I have studied with Farokh Master, and worked diligently to deepen my understanding of classical homeopathy, the results in my practice have increased dramatically. I have confidence now that I can handle most patients who walk into my clinic. I am regularly forced to treat emergencies and acute cases that I would never see in the west.
Do I still use the sensation method? The honest answer is that I use it as a backdrop, as one leg of a three legged stool, when I use it at all. I have much more confidence now in the provings, in tissue and organ affinities, and in classical homeopathy altogether. When I do have an English speaking patient, and they seem open to a deeper case taking technique, then I do use sensation method case taking. This process is still a part of me, and I doubt I will ever change that. The sensation method reveals a depth of information that can not be found in classical homeopathic case taking. The problem is that understanding the information gathered by the sensation method, is most often confusing and misleading. Without a firm grounding in classical homeopathy the sensation method can be a dangerous tool. It is the cause of self deception and many wrong turns for beginning and advanced homeopaths alike.
To his credit, Dr. Sankaran has now embraced a more balanced approach which he terms “synergy”, or “using all the tools”. In my opinion this is a good position, however I do have some problems with this concept. The idea of using all the tools assumes that one in fact knows the tools to begin with. I can attest that in my own experience, learning the sensation method takes many years of dedicated study and practice. It is extremely difficult to master, and requires that the homeopath have a deep meditative case taking technique. Without this deep technique it is impossible to understand the 7 levels of the sensation method, and even more impossible to distinguish between between delusion and sensation. I have seen each and every one of my former students struggle with this problem, continually prescribing unknown and unusual remedies that have nothing to do with the basic sensation of the case. I have also seen so called experienced teachers repeatedly make this mistake.
Spending many years attempting to master the sensation method is time that is not spent studying classical homeopathy. For the beginning homeopath, or the intermediate level homeopath, this is a questionable endeavor. I would suggest that only after having a good mastery of classical homeopathy it might then be time for some individuals to study the sensation method. There is indeed brilliance here, it is simply that for the benefit of homeopathy altogether, it should be placed in a more balanced context.
In my opinion, Farokh Master offers the best education for beginning and advanced homeopaths alike. He is a kind and generous individual who has always supported me in my learning process. He teaches the basic straight facts of homeopathic life. While not always euphoric, studying the classics will take anyone a long way toward
better serving one’s patients. Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing anyway?